Kris Ajer enjoys winning Premier League start at Arsenal's expense after Celtic exit

By John McGinley

August 13, 2021

Kris Ajer didn’t look out of place on his English Premier League debut tonight, featuring for Brentford in a massive opening night win.

The former Celtic centre-back, who moved to the Bees this summer, helped his side to a 2-0 clean sheet victory against Arsenal on the right side of a three-man defence.

Ajer made his exit for an initial £13.5m fee. With just a year left on his contract, it was good business from our perspective. We should be hoping he does well too, with performance-related bonuses potentially increasing that fee significantly. [Sky Sports]

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Heartening then that he looked at ease against one of the high-profile clubs in the division, up against stars such as old teammate Kieran Tierney.

It was wing-back Sergi Canos who hit the opener for Brentford. Christian Norgaard then headed in a second after more comedy Arsenal defending.

Kris Ajer will have busier Premier League days

However, Ajer played his part. He wasn’t particularly tested in dangerous one-on-one situations but won two duels, made a clearance and completed a successful tackle as well as a successful dribble. [FotMob]

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I expect he’ll have far busier matches as the season progresses. Arsenal were disappointing and offered little threat, especially in the first half.

The Norwegian international was eventually substituted off in the 70th minute after picking up a knock in a 50/50 challenge with Tierney himself. The former left-back actually impressed for the Gunners despite the scoreline.

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Don’t worry, we won’t be writing up an article every time Ajer plays. However, given it was his first big test in England he came through it well, I thought it was worth checking in with an update.

The best of luck to him for the rest of the season with the Bees.

In other news, Yan Couto is now the priority right-back target for Celtic.